How to beat the free account limits in Flickr!


Uploading 100+ pictures / month even with a 10MB bandwidth limit!
A free account in flickr is limited with a 10 MB monthly upload (bandwidth) limit which refers to the amount of bytes you upload to flickr and not the amount of disk space. So any pictures you upload in flickr is already included in your 10MB limit even if you delete the pictures in your flickr account. But after each month, you’ll get a 10MB again.

The way to beat this limit is to resize all your photos to 800pixels in size before uploading it to your flickr account. This should be OK since you would only want to show the pictures via the web and not really print it. Also, a free account assumes that you keep your original sized pictures in your hard disk. I use Picasa 2 to resize a batch of pictures to 800 pix in size. Download Picasa here , then once installed just select the all the pictures you want to resize, click on export and in the image size option: resize to 800 pixels. Here is a proof of concept of uploading 100 pictures with only 84% of the bandwidth used for the month –>

Use the Power of Tags to classify your pictures instead of using sets.
A free account is only limited to 3 photosets, so if you want to survive and have more classification of photos — use Tags. Here is the tags I use to classify my pictures –> Tags. Remember that the more pictures that are tagged with a tagname, the bigger font it will be. Also, carefully used your sets that can be used with whatever photos you upload. I would recommend naming your set as follows: “my favorites, all about me, all photos.”

Create an “All Photos” set
Photostream views is limited to the 100 most recent images for a free account. But if you want to view all your pictures at one go, create an “All Photos” see all your pictures.

Don’t use flickr free account to store your original image online.
Storage of smaller (resized) images is the default for a free account. So it is useless to upload a 1-2 Meg picture files since you won’t be able to see it. Might as well resize it already. Of course, there’s an upgrade option for the serious ones (like me) who would want to store my original pictures online as backup and for printing later on. For only $42/year, I can store all my pictures online with unlimited disk space with 1gb of bandwidth/mo!

Enjoy these cool flickr groups/tags
1. Squared Circle with Mosaic of Squared Circle
2. Long Line with Mosaic of Long Line
3. In Numerical Order
4. Stick Figures in Peril
5. Street Art
6. Flapface
7. Self Portrait
8. Sunset
9. B&W
10. Ballistics

Here are more power tips on making the most out of flickr
> Upload Bandwidth Usage
> Create an email address for uploading via phone/email
> Create your own flickr address
> Tips for Flickr Beginners [Life Hacker]
> Digital Photo Tips [Life Hacker]


Finding my first Geocache in Philippines!

Geocaching is the widely popular, high-tech game of treasure hunting. This is really interesting and I’m really curious what can you find in the Geocache in the Philippines. Of course, you need to have a high tech gps gadget to solve the treasure clues –> GPS Map/Receiver . I’ve checked the cost and it’s like owning a brand new cellphone which costs about $500. In the US, this is a very mature sport where you can use Geocache, Google Maps, Terraserver to help you in your treasure hunting.

I do hope I can find people who are also interested in this type of sport. This is also a good idea for team building, hmmn…


The 43 Things Challenge! Getting things done in a collaborative & fun way.

Let’s make our life exciting and fun with the help of each other! As the cliche goes, life is short and we have so much things to do and so little time. Maybe, just maybe with the help of each other, we will be able to accomplish our goals in life. The challen43thingsge goes like this, post 43 Things that you want to accomplish this year at and by the end of the year, who ever was able to accomplish the most tasks wins a surprise gift! Here are three (3) simple principles for this challenge:
1. The things to be accomplished should be meaningful and worthwhile.
2. We should collaboratively help each other to accomplish each other goals by positive reinforcement and encouragement.
3. We respect each individual’s integrity, sincerity, and honesty.

So that we can keep track of people who wants to join in the challenge, please post your interest to join the challenge in the comments, leave your email address so that we can include you in the [email protected].

Link: anton on 43 Things.


Be a better person via 43 Things- Awesome Site!

Awesome! I love the net and stuff like keep me hooked and addicted into the “new” internet. With the help of other people, you can actually be inspired to accomplish the things you want to do in life. I’ve already posted 20 Things that I need to do in life and I plan to come up with my 43 things. My top 10 things to do are part of my mission in life and will be my lifelong pursuit. This is my journey to complete my 43 things. Thanks to the robot co-op and keep it up, guys! Try it out for youself. Article on Tagging the web and 43 Things


I love “Angelika” — My new ipod photo 60GB!

The new addition to my gadget family is “Angelika” and I immediately fell in love with this gadget! Angelika is an ipod Photo with 60 GB of space that I instantly fell in love after one day of playing around with it. Let me share with you why I love my ipod:

1). The usability design is awesome! The ease of using the click wheel with your thumb is a breakthrough design. At the same time, the looks and aesthetic design is a killer by itself — sleek white and stainless steel design. It is really easy to listen to MP3’s via an iPod.

2). Personalized ipod with laser engraving. I love it when Apple store offered a laser engraving service if you buy it from their website — and I did! I bought my ipod from the apple website which costs me $597.45 net (which already considers $30 discount coupon and a tax rate of $28.45 for the state of Virginia). This is still cheaper if you buy it in the Philippines because at this rate, this would only be able to buy you the 40GB version.

3). Podcasting – I love it! There are a few podcast now available and you just need to download the audio content via RSS with AAC enclosure so that it automatically integrates with your iTunes. I love IT conversations where you can hear interviews with the who’s who of the IT industry (i.e. Tim O’Reilly, Craig Newmark- Craig’s list, Ben and Mena Trott- Six Apart). All you need to have would be:
— an iPod with sufficient amount of space and iTunes software.
— download a podcasting receiver. I use iPodder
— check out the top rated podcast and read the description and comments at Podcast Alley
— my favorite podcast which got me hooked –> IT Conversations
— all software and podcast materials are free!

4. Audiobooks galore. If you are like me who struggles with reading a book, why not listen to the unabrigdged version via iPod and listen to the author narrate the book to you. Such service already exists via and you can get audio books like Davinci Code, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Getting things done, Angels and Demons, among others. The service costs $14.95/month with one free audio book and one subscription (magazine, newsradio, etc.) or choose the premium service for $21.95/month with any two audiobook.

5. Use it for MP3s, Photos, File Archives. With 60GB, I plan to allocate 40GB of MP3’s, 12GB of photos and 8GB of archived files. With the iPod Photo there is no need for me to print alot of the pictures I took for Baby Aidan. I just need to download them to my iPod and I can show it anytime — I can even connect it to a TV to view the slideshow. Lastly, it was a surprise to me that when you connect the iPod, it would connect as an additional hard drive so you can transfer your backup/archive files for safekeeping!


Wazzup Ka-Blog! [ Ang inyong Ka-Blog at Ka-Balitaan! ]

Link: Wazzup Ka-Blog! [ Ang inyong Ka-Blog at Ka-Balitaan! ].

Its great to see shows that are innovative and wacky. I’m starting to become a fan of the wazzup show even though I guess I’m not part of the “target audience”. I’m glad to see that they also started to venture into alternative channels such as blogs. I was watching the show last night and I got interested to see what’s their blog all about. I was filled with anticipation and can’t wait to see what’s in it. I was hoping for a more interactive site where the show’s hosts are able to interactive with their audience. However, I was disappointed that the Ka-blog site looks exactly the same as the official website. It features the same show synopsis and some more pictures of Drew and Iya. Not to mention, that the blogs looks exactly the same as the blog of its creator coffee addict’s blog jologs with style. The blog is still young which started last January 23 and there are alot of room for improvements.

In any case, here are my 2cents worth on how to improve the wazz-up blog:
1. Inside Scoop. Can we have more thoughts from Drew, Toni, and Vhong on their day to day life or commentaries from the host on the inside scoop of the stories they featured in wazzup? I’m starting to be a fan of Toni and I’m hoping to get more of her personality in the wazzup blog.

2. Wazzup Bloggies. I’m amazed at how the young started to blog and I’ve seen alot of “a day in your life” blogs and I haven’t anyone particularly interesting enough to subscribe or visit it often. Except for some that is worth of mention: Jakee’s photoblog — great pictures and Superbianca who have been blogging since September 2003. One great idea is that they own a bloggies segment where they would feature blogs (oldest blog, coolest photoblog, etc.) and then at the end of the year, they hold a pinoy bloggies on the best blogs in the Philippines.

3. Audioblog/Videoblog feeds. Even if Toni and the hosts does not have the time to log in an article/post in the blog, maybe they can start to audioblog so that the fans can hear them talking and relate to them on a personal level. Of course, the audio commentaries should be about what they like or don’t like or what didn’t work in the show. Another idea is to post a video blog on the bloopers of the show and invite the fans and blog readers to comment and have fun.

I’m starting to like the show but there are just some jokes that does not work or “pilit” and maybe through the wazzup blog we can contribute to the improvement of the show.

BTW, Congratulations to Toni for being a member of the ABS-CBN Kapamilya and Kabarkada mo.

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